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Gesta Romanorum, entertaining moral stories,

Author: Charles Swan
Publisher: London, G. Routledge; New York, E.P. Dutton, 1905.
Series: Library of early novelists, v. 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discover one of the great collections of medieval literature with this historic work, which features more than 180 tales of Greeks, Romans, Britons, biblical figures, and others. Drawn from European and Asian sources, the stories abound in fascinating figures from all walks of life, including Pope Gregory, Noah, Socrates, and a host of other characters, from emperors to pirates. Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Shakespeare  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
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Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gesta Romanorum. English.
Gesta Romanorum.
London, G. Routledge; New York, E.P. Dutton, 1905
(OCoLC)583382878
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Swan
OCLC Number: 2533724
Description: xx, 472 pages 21 cm.
Series Title: Library of early novelists, v. 6.
Other Titles: Gesta Romanorum.
Responsibility: invented by the monks as a fire-side recreation ... tr. from the Latin with preliminary observations and copious notes, by the Rev. Charles Swan, and a preface by E.A. Baker.

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Discover one of the great collections of medieval literature with this historic work, which features more than 180 tales of Greeks, Romans, Britons, biblical figures, and others. Drawn from European and Asian sources, the stories abound in fascinating figures from all walks of life, including Pope Gregory, Noah, Socrates, and a host of other characters, from emperors to pirates. Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Shakespeare are among the writers influenced by these fables, and readers may recognize scenes reminiscent of The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, "The Lawyer's Tale" from Canterbury Tales, and other works. The origins of Gesta Romanorum are obscure; it is thought to have been compiled in the late thirteenth century, and the author's identity is uncertain. As the name suggests, the stories were written in Latin. Gesta, meaning deeds, later came to signify jest because of these lighthearted tales and their enduring power to amuse and inspire.

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